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#MEET THE TEAM

Who We Are

The MENTA team understand business. They have first-hand experience of running successful businesses of their own, they talk the language of business and understand every business benefits from a friendly ear and some expert advice from time to time. At MENTA we are here to help you and your business grow. We have advice and coaching sessions, delivered by experts that are designed for SMEs and delivered online and in face-to-face formats. The MENTA team work with business partners across the UK and are here to help.  

The MENTA management team are supported by non-executive board members, selected for their proven business record.    

Michelle Pratt

Business Adviser

Michelle is a CIPD qualified trainer, coach and mentor (and occasional podcaster). She brings a wealth of experience in helping businesses both big and small and first-hand experience of running businesses herself. Michelle has a passion for helping people find their unique strengths and helping them use these to create their standout business proposition.

Alex Till

Chief Executive
As MENTA’s CEO, Alex has a passion for business. He is inspired by meeting entrepreneurial and creative people, and is driven to build on Suffolk and Norfolk's success and national recognition as a thriving area to live and work. Alex has a love of vintage design and cars.

Nick Pandolfi

Media and Marketing  
Nick hosts our live business events across Suffolk and Norfolk as well as overseeing our marketing and media strategy, as a coach, he delivers his valuable insight and experience into the world of broadcast media and general media content marketing . Nick works in radio and is a keen relationship builder across the SME community.  

John Neild

Head of Enterprise and Programmes
A former Head of Learning Curriculum for RBS, John now leads our enterprise and business start-up team. He is a key contact in business relationships across Norfolk and Suffolk, and is energised by supporting the region’s entrepreneurial community. As part of the management team, John helps scope the future product range and services that MENTA will offer the wider SME community.  

Pauline Prockter

Business Adviser
As a mentor, coach and business adviser, Pauline has helped high-performing businesses grow and achieve their ambitions with clarity and realism. She has worked across a variety of sectors in Government-funded initiatives.

Sue Hall

Business Adviser

Sue brings a wealth of business experience, working with clients to help their business ambitions become a reality. Working on the Work Well Suffolk project, she helps clients back into work. Clients facing any barrier to return to work can benefit from 1-2-1 coaching with Sue. The scheme is designed around the preparation and business planning required to allow the client to realize their personal goals.

Tim Cooke

Learning Development Manager – Programmes

Tim brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in business management, leadership, sales and service gained from many leadership roles across a variety of business areas in the last 37 years plus. Tim is developing and delivering current and topical learning programmes to help you lead and run your business more effectively and make the difference to you, your business, your employees and your customers.

Sarah Faers

Head of Finance
Sarah thrives on the day-to-day management of MENTA’s financial operations, ensuring the team are best prepared to perform their duties across all operations of the business.

Yvonne Martin

Vision Centre Coordinator
Yvonne brings more than twenty years of front line customer service experience to our team at the vison centre on Eastern Way in Bury St Edmunds, You will find her at the front desk, coordinating day-to-day operations, greeting clients and their guests, our Bury St Edmunds business centre,

Shaun Lowthorpe

Business Trainer
A former journalist and business editor with regional media group Archant Business, Shaun has a longstanding interest in supporting local businesses and is passionate about helping people turn their dreams into reality.

John Clarke

Business Trainer
John is a professional, highly-experienced trainer, with 25 years’ experience in commercial banking. His relaxed presentation style proves popular with delegates who regularly comment on his wide-ranging knowledge.

Rachael Lawrance

Programme Co-ordinator
For Rachael, her role is about the finer details, providing high-level administrative and project support to her colleagues across the county as well as overseeing MENTA’s supplier contracts.

Mary Spurling

Vision Centre Coordinator
Mary is one the people that will greet you when visiting our Bury St Edmunds HQ, she fulfils an integral role in the day-to-day running of MENTA Vision centre on Eastern Way in the town and is responsible for ensuring all visitors and business owners operating from the centre are receiving the finest customer service and assistance.

Maggie Kinnear-King

Programme Co-ordinator
Maggie provides administrative support for various MENTA projects and business activities. She particularly enjoys assisting colleagues with research, as well as helping clients as they start and develop their businesses.

Peter Wood

Business Trainer
With more than thirty years experience in Financial Services, including giving Mortgage Advice, leadership and talent development and supporting businesses with card and on-line payments, Pete has a passion for helping people to achieve their goals through training and coaching to help them start, run and grow their businesses successfully.

Monica Bell

Business Adviser
Monica delivers support services to clients of our refugee entrepreneurship project.  Working across the East of England with one-to-one advice, business plan creation, marketing and new business support and training. Monica is a highly experience SME business coach and has launched a number of businesses across the UK.

Penny Rush

Executive Assistant to Alex Till  

An experienced Executive Assistant Penny supports Alex across all aspects of the business including HR and Board administration.  Her background in start-up and venture capital is an ongoing passion for her with MENTA.

Paul Vella

Head of Property
Paul oversees our our properties, ensuring day-to-day running and helping new clients with their business requirements. Based at our Haverhill business hub, Paul advises business owners on property related issues, his experience includes his own business and property portfolio. Paul plays a vital role in further developing the wider Haverhill business community, providing advice that is practical and forward thinking. Paul is also  host of our networking events in Haverhill.

Emma Harrison

ERDF Administrator
With an administrative, co-ordination and project support background, Emma provides assistance for the ERDF Project and other activities within the organisation to support MENTA colleagues and clients.

Phil Pethybridge

MENTA Business Show Producer
With masses of events experience across Europe and the UK, Phil is able to build effective relationships with sponsors, exhibitors, visitors and speakers to ensure the MENTA business show is a fantastic experience for all attending.

Work with us

Any advertised vacancies are located in the About tab on the website but we still remain keen to hear from freelancers and those looking to support our work helping SMEs across Norfolk and Suffolk.

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